Documenting a Day in the Life of Hawaii's Aloha United Way

Celebrating 95 years of your donations changing lives in Hawaii.


Each day in Hawaii more than a million people wake up to face another day of life in the islands. For some, that will mean getting kids off to school on time, heading to work, or venturing outdoors for fun.

While we live in one of the greatest places in the world, the truth is – life in paradise can be – and is – tough for thousands of people around us.  

Some struggle to provide for themselves or their families, too many homebound seniors face yet another day of loneliness and thousands of homeless suffer through depression and isolation as they fight to get back on their feet.  Fortunately, Aloha United Way is there to help.

JANUARY 22, 2014 started just like any other day in Hawaii. Except on this day, 26 of our state’s leading photographers set out across Oahu to show how YOUR donation to Aloha United Way changed a life that day. From providing food, shelter, support or counseling; it is amazing to see the impact we have when we give. The photographers visited dozens of Aloha United Way Partner Agencies on this same day and brought back powerful images that captured personal and sometimes emotional moments in people’s lives all made possible, in part, thanks to your donations to Aloha United Way.

We are grateful to the photographers who volunteered their time, talent and heart to bring you this special edition. And we are grateful to HONOLULU Magazine for making this possible and the Bank of Hawaii Foundation for embracing and funding this effort.  Aloha United Way is also very proud to be partnered with hundreds of local non-profit agencies doing this life-changing work everyday.  

This year Aloha United Way  celebrates our 95th year of serving  our local community. But we couldn’t do it without the help of over 1,300 companies that run workplace campaigns each year. And we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of tens of thousands of donors who give each year so that we can put millions back into our community to weave a safety net of support around those in need.

Together we are supporting  programs that touch hundreds of thousands of lives. As you look at the faces on these pages, try to imagine where these people would turn for help without that support. And know, that if you, or someone you love, should ever need support, thanks to your donation, it will be there. Thank you for partnering with Aloha United Way to positively impact lives today and for generations to come.

Kim Gennaula,
Aloha United Way
President & Chief Executive Officer





Everyone has a calling and a purpose. How are you using your time, talent and treasure? Leave a lasting legacy by getting involved with Aloha United Way.


Living United isn’t about charity. It’s about creating long-lasting change for the common good. When you donate to Aloha United Way, you’re making an investment in our community and it’s one of the best ways to make a difference! Visit to donate today or call 543-2209 for more information!


Aloha United Way offers you personal and professional growth and development opportunities when you serve as a Loaned Executive. As a volunteer, helping Aloha United Way with its annual campaign you will build and strengthen your networks, enhance your communication and leadership capabilities and become a more well-rounded individual. Call 542-2243 to find out how!


Society of Young Leaders
Meet and network with like-minded business professionals that are changing our community. If you are between the ages of 21-45 and are seeking ways to create change in a positive way, then this group is for you! This group is all about giving-back to our community in fun ways like school-supply drives, pau hana events and seasonal fundraisers, call 543-2201 to get involved!

Alexis De Tocqueville Society
This Society at Aloha United Way is also part of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society of United Way Worldwide. It recognizes local philanthropic leaders who have devoted time, talent and funds to create lasting change by tackling our communities’ biggest issues. Membership is granted to those who contribute at least $10,000 annually. To join call 542-2242 for more information.


Please remember Aloha United Way in your will or trust. Our staff is happy to assist you in making a planned gift that will have a significant impact an create a legacy for you now and for generations to come. Call 536-1951 for more information.



Vince Cavataio has loved shooting surf, on the water and underwater, on Oahu’s North Shore for almost 40 years. His work has appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Time, galleries, businesses, restaurants, and, most importantly, his mom’s house.



Sharon Cavin is a portrait/headshot photographer and artist based in Honolulu. Each photo session is a creative artistic adventure, where her photographic style transcends the common studio headshot to capture the spirit and uniqueness of every individual.



Ann Cecil is an active stock photographer who has been based in Honolulu for 45 years. Her library contains a diverse collection of culture, hula, flora, portraits, food and more. She also has shot editorial stories for Hana Hou, AAA, Sunset Magazine and The New York Times.



David Croxford is the award-winning Chief Photographer for PacificBasin Communications multiple publications. His other clients include McGraw Hill publishing, GGP and other media consortiums. David is an avid paddler and an active member of New Hope Diamond Head Christian Church.



Odeelo Dayondon was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippine and is a first-generation Filipino-American. He uses his degree in business, background in marketing and as an advertising art director to capture images for PacificBasin Communications publications.



John De Mello is a fourth-generation Islander.  At the age of 30, he decided to pursue his passion for photography. Since opening his commercial studio 23 years ago, has traveled on assignment to China, Thailand, Bali, Yap, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and more.



Jeptha Eddy, Jr. has been honing his art for the past 24 years. His unique style, professionalism and commitment to flawless work, has established him as one of the state’s most sought after photographers for everything from fashion to commercial print work and headshots for dignitaries.



Dana Edmunds began his career as a Maui surf photographer. In 1984, after graduating with honors from the Art Center College of Design, he returned home to open a commercial photography studio. The award-winning photographer has clients in Hawaii and across the world.



Randy T. Fujimori worked for The Honolulu Star Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser for more than 25 years.  The award-winning photographer now works freelance for many businesses and publications and was voted ‘2014 Best Photographer in the World’ by his wife and 2 dogs.



Rae Huo is a dynamic, experienced and award-winning photographer who has shot everything from people to editorial, fashion to architecture. She is a graduate of USC and the prestigious Art Center College of Design.



Michael A. Horton spent 15 years in various design studios and advertising agencies before going into freelance to explore his hobby, photography. He focuses mostly on editorial and nature photography and is now exploring another art, turning wood bowls on his lathe.



Olivier Koning has been a regular contributor to HONOLULU Magazine for the past 14 years. He has just returned from Western Samoa where he was on assignment shooting a resort hotel.



Brice Kurihara’s love of photography started as a child looking at his father’s amazing snapshots. Photography introduced him to some of the most talented people in the fashion industry and allows him to visit some of the beautiful locations. He turned his hobby into a business in 2011.



Mark Lee is known worldwide for his water lifestyle photography. It was when he became a dad in New York City that he discovered his passion for the art. He is a surfer, husband, proud father of two kids and works closely with several Hawaii non-profit organizations.



Ed Morita spent more than a decade as a pastry chef at some of the country’s premier resorts and restaurants until an injury forced him out of the kitchen. Now, he’s on a new adventure as food writer, photographer and blogger for several events including the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.



Carlos Mozo feels blessed to be part of the art of photography. He chooses photography to document the beauty he sees in Hawaii. The art is in the world created by God, man and nature and is in the eyes and minds of the people who look at the photographs.


David Murphey has been a professional photographer in the islands for over 20 years. Born and raised in Hawaii, David now works with a wide range of clients including Disney, Starwood Resorts, and Hawaiian Host. When not behind the camera, you’ll find him hiking, paddling or enjoying Bikram yoga.


Ric Noyle has been capturing everything from the dynamic beauty of Hawaii to fashion, food, people and aerial photography. Ric’s work has appeared in magazines such as Forbes and Travel & Leisure, covering everything Givenchy swimsuits to McDonalds to Hy’s Steakhouse and luxury resorts.



Travis K. Okimoto works on both sides of the camera as a photographer, agent for Camera Cliq and an events and marketing executive. Travis has shot everything from the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival to on the scene concerts and special events shots for Nonstop Honolulu.



Brad Peebles is a commercial photographer specializing in architectural, aerial, surf and time lapse images.  He received a Bachelors in Geography from the University of Hawaii.  He works weekends at the Hans Hedemann Surf School photographing students.


Douglas Peebles has been photographing Hawaii and the South Pacific for over 30 years. His distinctive images appear regularly in magazines, ads, and other publications including 50 photo books on Hawaii, books for the Outdoor Circle and a series of books for Sam Choy.


Kim Taylor Reece is Hawaii’s foremost fine art photographer, known for capturing the spirit and essence of the powerful hula kahiko for the last 35 years. Working with dancers from more than 37 Pacific Islands, his work has been acquired by collectors, dignitaries and museums worldwide.


Eric Rhodes got his first camera when he was 10 and has not looked back. For the past 28 years, Eric has lived and worked extensively in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Los Angeles, shooting for clients such as Shiseido, Harry Winston, Sony, and the International Olympic Committee.


Andrew Rose has been producing, exhibiting, and selling artwork for artists, galleries, and museums internationally since 1990. He is dedicated to developing a more dynamic art market in the region and is currently an art instructor, gallery owner, and founder of the new Rose Editions
publishing division.


Nathalie Walker developed her first photo in a dark room 20 years ago and instantly fell in love. As chief photographer for MidWeek, she has shot more than 700 cover photos. Her favorite assignments are those that capture everyday people, especially Hawaii’s unsung heroes.



Darryl Watanabe bought his first digital SLR camera to capture events. Two years later, he quit his day job to focus full-time on photography. He specializes in commercial photography for a wide range of clients including Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival and more.